For the Black Queens – Black Girl Magic
So, yesterday, I decided to use this entire week to celebrate black women through poetry, art and even music. I think it is important for us to be reminded that we are worth celebrating and we are QUEENS. No matter what this world throws at us, we will still rise.
So. that brings me to the poem that I am going to share today. Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise is a widely known poem that celebrates us, black women and it is one of my personal favourites. As you read this poem, my beautiful black queens, remember how amazing and special and beautiful you are. God bless you, my darlings.
STILL I RISE
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Do you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
Poem: Maya Angelou